Free 45-minute thematic tours are held four times a day at the Tate Britain . The 3pm tour is invariably on the work of JMW Turner.
Art in Focus
Free 15-minute Art in Focus talks on specific works are held every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1.15pm at the Tate Britain .
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Tate Britain information
Splendidly reopened a few years back with a stunning new art-deco-inspired staircase and a rehung collection, the older and more venerable of the two Tate siblings celebrates paintings from 1500 to the present, with works from Blake, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Barbara Hepworth, Whistler, Constable and Turner, as well as vibrant modern and contemporary pieces from Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and Henry Moore. Join a free 45-minute thematic tour (daily at 11am) and 15-minute Art in Focus talks (1.15pm Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday).
The stars of the show at Tate Britain are, undoubtedly, the light infused visions of JMW Turner in the Clore Gallery. After he died in 1851, his estate was settled by a decree declaring that whatever had been found in his studio – 300 oil paintings and about 30,000 sketches and drawings – would be bequeathed to the nation. The collection at the Tate Britain constitutes a grand and sweeping display of his work, including classics such as The Scarlet Sunset and Norham Castle, Sunrise .
There are also seminal works from Constable, Gainsborough and Reynolds, as well as the pre-Rahaelites, including William Holman Hunt's The Awakening Conscience , John William Waterhouse's The Lady of Shalott , Ophelia by John Everett Millais and Edward Burne-Jones's The Golden Stairs . Look out also for Francis Bacon's Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion . Tate Britain hosts the prestigious and often controversial Turner Prize for Contemporary Art from October to early December every year.
The Tate Britain also has a program of ticketed exhibitions which changes every few months; consult the website for details of the latest exhibition.
The ticket office closes at 5.15pm.